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Samsung to Unveil Galaxy Camera – Jelly Bean, 16MP Sensor, and Exynos Chip

I don’t believe my eyes. You’re looking at the Galaxy Camera that is said to be announced by Samsung today at IFA. The un-official specs so far will blow away almost any device you currently own, which makes this an extremely desirable device for both phone lovers and camera lovers. So far, it’s said to come shipped with Jelly Bean, Samsung’s new 1.4GHz Exynos processor, a monster 16MP sensor and 21x zoom lens, and a 4.8″ HD SLCD display along its backside. 

This trend of putting Android in a camera’s body was brought to life recently with Nikon’s new Coolpix S800c, but we didn’t know that Android’s largest OEM had any plans of following suit. Not only are they going to enter the Android-powered camera market, it looks as though they are meaning to dominate it.

What do you think? Does this thing look freakin’ awesome or what?

Via: PocketNow

  • Does anyone know if this shoots RAW?

  • Kierra

    It’s cute but I’m not interested.

  • jorge

    i still have unlimited data on my verizon phone and foxfi installed, that means shut up and take my money !!!

  • Detonation

    Does it state anywhere that this is also a phone, or just a smart-camera?

  • Philip A. Kaiser

    Micro SD or SD? Like the retractable flash. Only concern is whether the battery life is any good, is the battery remove able, and does it have a HDMI hookup?

  • Tutunkari

    Give me an Android powered DSLR and then I’ll look interested.

  • Magnus Eriksson

    love this!!

  • Jarred Sutherland

    Honestly I am really confused as to what market this product is aimed at. While it is “cool”, I just wonder who this is going to attract. Many people are using their smartphones for cameras now (granted the quality and zoom are generally not great), for a photographer they tend to stick with the DSLRs .. so where does this fit in?

  • Jason Hanford-Smith

    What do we feel would be the right price point for this? $350? $500? $199? (Obviously we want it to be the cheapest it can be)

    • Patently Absurd

      $400-$500. The Nikon mentioned has a price of $350-400, albeit with a smaller 3.5″ screen.

  • Bionic

    yeah but how good is the image sensor? I only trust Canon for my “main” camera needs.

  • sb1831

    What do I think? I think this proves people will buy anything…

    • Bionic


  • The wife might kick me out the house after this one!!! But it will be worth it.

  • JellyBean does not really love landscape mode on the phone format… hopefully they will work out a skin that will let you navigate the OS without having to hold the phone sideways :

  • santy

    I see what Sammy is doing here.

    2010 : Galaxy S
    2011 : Galaxy S II + Galaxy Note
    2012 : Galaxy S III + Galaxy Note II + Galaxy Camera
    2013 : 2012 : Galaxy S IV + Galaxy Note III + Galaxy Camera II + ??? (My prediction : Advanced Galaxy Beam , 1080p Projector)

    • b43k

      The Galaxy Universe personal mobile computing device with the new see through holographic display. Lol I hoe they bring that tech over to mobile.

  • NemaCystX

    If the price falls in line with the Nikon, I’m buying this one. How big is that screen?

    • Greg Morgan

      “4.8″ HD SLCD display along its backside.”

      • NemaCystX

        didn’t read the whole article, just noticed that, thanks. Thats the same size as the S3 but not an SAMOLED display, might be better to take pictures with an LCD though since Sammy’s SAMOLED displays are super saturated, which I love but you want to see what the picture will look like to everyone, not just your display, amirite?

  • On Screen Buttons, finally!

  • So we had smart phones with cameras…now we have smart cameras with phones.

    • Mrbobdobalini

      That’s the way it should have been from the get go!

  • NemaCystX

    Apparently Sony made a similar phone with Brew (I think) on it before but not like this kind of huge camera. This Samsung seems more appealing than the Nikon since this does 21x optical zoom and the Nikon only does 10x

    • Hunter

      Can you link to where you found 21x optical zoom?

  • InyRules

    I would have no use for this, really. If I were traveling to magnificent places with magnificent landscapes, then I would buy a professional camera to take the pictures with. For my drunken Vegas photos, my phone works just fine.

  • INSTAGRAM!!!!!

    • Now we can take even better detailed photo’s of our food. Score!

  • santy

    Will this double up as a phone?

    • you will probably pay for data so you can upload your pic’s to annoying Facebook so everybody can look at them and invade your privacy

  • Michael Schotborg

    Shut up and take my money!

  • In the top right is a full signal bar, if this is real, it obvioulsy has some type of data connection

    • NemaCystX

      Or it strictly is using wifi only coupled with NFC/Wifi Direct and the signal bar is just for the wifi itself but I could be wrong. It would be interesting to have a 3G capable camera but also expensive since why would you lug around a 3G camera when you can just tether or use wifi?

  • Damian

    On screen Nav keys and no ugly home button!!! +1

  • Chad


  • Honestly, people need to get off of the “more megapixels = better picture” bandwagon. It’s just not true. It’s clutter. It’s more opportunity for digital noise. It’s worse compression. if you have a sensor that is of a specific size (which is true of nearly all digital cameras) then you have a saturation point at which pictures begin looking worse the more pixels you add. The picture gets bigger, but looking at them in full size allows you to see all the flaws.

    Additionally, unless you’re printing out large posters, there is zero need for huge MP photos. If you’re only using the photo digitally, (sharing online, desktop wall paper, etc.) then even 5MP is more than enough. (If the camera manufacturer uses a reasonably sized sensor.) Even for printing your photos, a reasonable rule of thumb is 1MP = 2 inches on the longest edge. For professional quality print jobs, ( >= 600dpi ) you can scale that back to 1MP = 1 inch on the longest side and still have plenty of wiggle room. (These are not exact ratios, they are “rule of thumb” ratios…ie, close enough to use, but not truly accurate.)

    • Hunter

      No one said more was better… the OP simply called it a “monster” sensor if that’s what you are referring to.

      • duke69111

        Plus it has a 21x zoom. The zoom has been my biggest complaint about my phones camera as it should be though.

        • It doesn’t specify digital vs. optical on the zoom. Digital zoom is horrible at best. If it’s pure optical zoom, I’ll likely forgive them overdoing the MP and buy one, but if combination optical/digital, I’ll pass.

          • digital zoom is great on the pureview

          • duke69111

            That’s a very good point on the type of zoom. If its 21x digital zoom, forget it.


            Subject: [droidlife] Re: Samsung to Unveil Galaxy Camera – Jelly Bean, 16MP Sensor, and Exynos Chip

        • that telescoping lens is bad for low light

    • Sam Ponjican

      Completely agree. Those that voted this comment down are the reason cost has gone into megapixels rather than glass, where it would do the most good.

      • Hunter

        Or, we understand that MPs != quality and didn’t need to again be lectured on it….

    • I completely disagree, you need 8mp. your just saying 5mp because you probably have a gnex.. which btw, camera stinks

  • Would that be a quad-core processor?

    • Hunter


  • Joe

    A Phonamera!

  • Tristan Cunha

    Wow, this could be my next camera, what a great surprise.

  • Sirx

    If it connects to Wifi, with a zoom like that, it’s mine!

    • Hunter

      Not only wifi…, it offers 3G and 4G connectivity as well…lol in case you wanted to have a contract for your camera.

      • Jason Hanford-Smith

        Or tether to your phone.

  • SomeDooD123

    Looks nice!

  • duke69111

    Do this have 3g/4g abilities or is it just a camer running android 4.1? If it has talk and internet capabilities, I’m sold that would be awesome.

    • Xious

      The screenshot shows 3G, so I’m guessing it has a cellular radio. Wonder what this would be considered, a phone or a tablet?

      • duke69111

        I missed that. Good catch.


        Subject: [droidlife] Re: Samsung to Unveil Galaxy Camera – Jelly Bean, 16MP Sensor, and Exynos Chip

  • James Dorsey


  • Bionicman

    yes….yes…..interested……give me a good price and im in! i’ve been needing a new camera for a while

  • Peter Stover

    That looks exactly like an iPhone.

    • Ravi Rao

      Well the iPhone 5 is a camera, so this must have been a ripoff.

      • Hunter

        That Lens housing is rounded! Apple has design patents on rounding. Banned!

        • Patently Absurd

          That rectangle on the lens is the EXACT cutout of an iPhone! JUDGE JUDY!

          • Esteban_Colberto

            Additionally, the color white on any electronic device is patent of Apple No. 3556678. They mailed the patent to themselves in an sealed envelope, so you know it’s legit.

    • KleenDroid

      Too bad Samsung won’t have enough money to bring any more products to market. But it’s nice to see they still have a graphics artist to at least draw products.

    • JDub

      12 people that dont get sarcasm.

  • Why do I need S voice on a camera?

  • Mark F

    Torn , Don’t know if i like it.

  • LOL reminds me of this http://youtu.be/uIRBxRlsYR0

  • Allen Byrd

    Okay, yeah. This is pretty awesome.

  • Why show the app drawer in the press shot?

    • bc the goodness is left for the actual press…. 😉

    • NemaCystX

      so they can show it can run apps. If I see a camera from the home screen that has widgets in a press shot I would be thinking what the heck is that on the screen? (thinking like a consumer that hasn’t used android yet that is)

      You have to think like the average consumer when it comes to stuff like that

  • r0lct

    No physical home button, score! 😛

    • David Henry

      Right??? Finally

  • htowngtr


    • lol this game is getting interesting huh? soon mom would not be able to take a picture !

  • Why show the app drawer on the official press shot?

    • to show it can use apps?

      • a camera is to take pictures with right?

        • i think the point of putting android in the camera is so that it can do more then take pictures.

          • or you could just put a camera in my phone.. wait, I have that..

          • a 16MP camera with a 21X optical zoom?

          • NemaCystX

            Megapixels can be as high as 100MP and still be crappy, it depends on how good the sensor is. The 21x optical zoom is a plus thats for sure, I miss using optical zoom when taking photos with my phone, my canon did an ok job but its over 8 years old lol

          • NemaCystX

            yeah but I bet this camera would take better pictures thanks to that much larger sensor. Smartphones have tiny image sensors compared to traditional point and shoots like this one, not to mention smartphones only do digital zoom, this one does optical and 21x is nothing to sneeze at when it comes to a point and shoot.

          • Kookas

            Yeah, but would those pictures be that much better to justify hauling around another device? The reason the point-and-shoot industry is dying is not because separate cameras don’t do it better, but because smartphone cameras do it well enough that there’s no need for better.

          • i get it, i get it, it takes better pictures and has a good zoom and stuff, i still don’t want to carry a camera ANYWHERE.. i’ll stick to the 8mp on my gs3 looks great.

          • ya, not for me either. i have my camera phone and, as a photographer, I carry around my Fuji X100 everywhere i go.

        • NemaCystX

          Yes but you want to be able to share them too, with an android powered camera that can run any android app, you get the best of a smartphone without the phone but with an extremely upgraded camera. Some people buy a smartphone just for the apps and camera to share pictures with friends online. this could essentially be what the ipod touch is to the iPhone for the Galaxy S3 (yes I know the Galaxy Player is there too but seriously that thing is huge 5.8″ is not pocket friendly, not to mention the specs are not as good as a smartphone is)

          I’m seeing a pattern here though, and like any strategic company it works

          The Galaxy S3 came out with Blue and White colors and high end specs
          The Galaxy Player has a 5.8″ screen by low resolution and low end specs
          The Galaxy Note 2 has similar specs to the S3 but white/grey available at launch
          The Galaxy Camera has on screen keys and a Exynos processor, Jellybean (like the Note 2) and possibly 2GB of ram as well

          So each device is unique in specs, options and features
          they are really spreading the hardware this time around, a device that can appeals to each type of person.